Named after the Spanish hydrographer that sailed with the explorers, Galiano & Valdez, this once tiny fishing village is now a world famous, vibrant tourist destination with a wide variety of local galleries, artisans, restaurants, festivals and outdoor activities.
Chesterman Beach is one of nature’s gems on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. This one and half mile long beach consists of the finest hard packed sand and is perfect for walks, bike rides, beach combing and surfing. Take a walk down the beach to Frank Island which is only a short stroll away during low tides and explore the fascinating marine life in the tidal pools of the rocky headlands at both ends of the beach.
The beach and the nearby mudflats in the Browning Pass Inlet are also an important place for migratory shorebirds, making it a paradise for anybody who enjoys bird watching.
The sunsets on Chesterman Beach have left their mark in the memories of many guests, who often return to this special place on the edge of the vast Pacific Ocean.
Tofino and the Pacific Rim offer adventure, beauty and tranquility year round. The summer months are very popular for their warmth, sunshine and abundance of local activity. The fall and winter months offer the ruggedness of winter storms, highest tides of the year, incredible sunsets as well as the ever changing beachscape and the appeal of the locale’s unhurried simplicity.
The beauty of Clayoquot Sound with its abundance of wildlife, is unsurpassed in the world and offers activities from romantic walks on the beach, hikes in the old growth rainforests, the world famous whale watching tours to bird watching, sea kayaking, surfing and diving.
Drive & Ferry from Downtown VancouverAbout 6 Hours
Drive from VictoriaAbout 4.5 Hours
Pacific Rim Festival
Annual festival in March. Heralding the northbound migration of over 20,000 grey whales. This two-week long festival includes parades, feats, lectures, and prime whale watching opportunities.
Annual festival in May featuring speakers, field trips, and thousands of shorebirds that come on their migration path to feed on Chesterman Beach and the mudflats of Browning Pass Inlet.
Edge to Edge Marathon
Held every June, starting in Ucluelet and finishing in Tofino.
Tofino Food & Wine Festival
Celebrating food and drink. First weekend in June.
Clayoquot Oyster Festival
Held every November, an outrageous, entertaining experience.